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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

PhDArts Conference

Celebrating 10 years PhDArts How do we establish, sustain and nourish a vital research culture in the arts? On 18 – 19 October 2018 the PhDArts Conference took place at the P.J. Veth building in Leiden.

Nation-wide research culture in the arts

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague organized a conference in October 2018 to address the current status and possibilities for the development of a nation-wide research culture in the arts.
Over the past 20 years, artistic research has steadily gained ground as a new research discipline in The Netherlands. PhD programs in artistic research have been established or are being developed, in a collaborative effort between universities and art schools. With this conference, ACPA aimed to address ways to consolidate, sustain and nourish a research culture in the arts on a national level. The conference comprised artistic presentations by researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines enrolled at 3rd level educational institutions across the country, as well as two keynote lectures on the topic of the conference, break-out groups and artistic presentations by ACPA PhD candidates and alumni. 
The aim was to gather experiences and insights from all parties involved in the field, to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between universities and art institutions nation-wide and to build a community that stimulates collaborations between colleague institutions and their different initiatives.

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